Waking up early in the morning before the sun is up and heading to the gym comes hard. Once your workout ends, though, you often begin the day with the payoff of a tremendous energy boost. Can the same process apply to your finances?
If you’re like most people, you exercise for many reasons but expect to benefit from your sweat equity in the future, not in the current moment. We will all encounter health issues at some time and the medical world assures us that we’ll deal better with problems if we get – and stay – physically fit. Preparation matters.
What does exercise have in common with financial planning and investing? The answer: Very few individuals prepare to invest, except maybe when selecting from choices in a retirement plan.
Or not: Studies showed that even in the teeth of the Great Recession and perhaps the most volatile market year in history – most 401(k) retirement plan participants made no changes to their contributions.
Getting back to the fitness analogy, exercise’s greatest benefits come from the stress we intentionally place on our muscles so that when a health problem arises, our bodies are in better condition to deal with the situation. Regarding investments, you need a methodical (and regularly visited) regimen for taking in and processing market data. You also need a strategy to accommodate unforeseen yet inevitable future events, such as market downturns.
Don’t let random financial news clips guide your decisions. Filter out market noise when determining how to act. For the record, you need not re-allocate asset classes or otherwise change your portfolio just because something in the market changed. You do need to be prepared to consider adjustments when the information dictates that conditions shifted, such as stocks increasing to a higher portion of your portfolio than you want.
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This article was prepared by RSW Publishing.
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